IL girls head all-region volleyball honors

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Lady Warriors net accolades

By Robert Howey




Region IV-AA volleyball champion Indian Land led the all-region honors for the 2011 season.

The Lady Warriors of veteran coach Tamara Jacobus captured the region title, their 14th under Jacobus, defeating county foe Andrew Jackson in a special play-off match at Lancaster High School on Oct. 19.

The Lady Warriors, who split with AJ during regular-season play to force the tie for first place for the regular-season crown, then topped the Lady Volunteers, 3-1 at LHS.

Four Lady Warriors standouts earned all-region honors, including Savannah Adams, Jena Carroll, Jessica Floyd and Lindsay Johnson.

Adams, IL’s senior setter and team leader, had 230 assists.

Carroll, a senior libero who also garnered Class AA all-state honors this season, had 180 digs during IL’s 17-5 season.

Floyd, a senior middle hitter, posted 120 kills at the net and 80 blocks.

Johnson, a junior middle hitter, registered 110 kills to go with 80 blocks.

Indian Land advanced to the Class AA Upper State semifinals before falling to Gilbert, the eventual Upper State champion and state runner-up to Bishop England.

Jacobus, 288-114 in 16 seasons as a volleyball coach, was named the Region IV-AA Coach of the Year.

“I loved it this season,” Jacobus said. “We had a great group of girls. It’s good to be back coaching volleyball.”

Jacobus returned to coaching volleyball in 2010 after a three-year absence.

Andrew Jackson, the region runner-up after finishing as the region champion in 2010, earned the region player of the year in senior outside hitter Callie Dixon.

Dixon, who recently signed to play volleyball at Spartanburg Methodist College, had 265 kills in a team total of 532, 70 service aces and 319 digs.

AJ, which went 16-14-2 and advanced to the second round of the Class AA Upper State playoffs, landed three players on the all-region team.

The ace Lady Vols’ sophomore trio includes Darby Threatt, Lauren Rowell and Haley Faulkenberry.

Rowell, a setter, had 225 assists, 170 digs and a 92 percent serving percentage.

Threatt, a middle hitter, notched 78 kills, 16 block kills and a 95 percent serving percentage.

Faulkenberry, a defensive specialist-outside hitter, registered 299 digs, 47 serving aces and 55 kills.

Buford, which went 5-21 including a 4-6 region mark, earned a postseason berth. The Lady Jackets had two players on the all-region team – senior outside hitter Brittany Faulkner and senior setter Caitlin Pate.

Pate has been a varsity starter at setter for the past three seasons.

“She has been the heart and soul of our team,” BHS volleyball coach Robbie Loudermilk said. “It will be difficult to replace her. She has been a great leader.”

Loudermilk said Faulkner was a key reason for the Lady Jackets’ improvement this fall.

“As the season progressed and our younger players matured, we were able to get the ball to Brittany more,” Loudermilk said. “As we got the ball to her more, she really started hitting the ball more.

“Both those girls along with fellow seniors Taylor Deas and Allison Riner have set the bar high for our returning players,” he said. “All four of this year’s seniors came to practice and worked hard everyday. They have helped to change the way volleyball is viewed at Buford High School. Because of their examples, our younger players realize that we must come to practice and work hard everyday, if we want to have any kind of success.”

Central of Pageland rounded out the 2011 All-Region IV-AA team, with two players named to the squad, junior middle hitters Amanda Clark and Brandi Cato.